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Heroin OD suggested as cause of death of Belmont 23 year old

BELMONT — Search warrant affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division indicate the police are investigating the sudden death of a 23-year-old man on April 4 as a possible heroin overdose.

The paperwork indicates that when first responders arrived just after 4 a.m., one of five people who were in the mobile home at 7 Northbrook Road was performing CPR on Camren Ess, who he found laying on the bathroom floor, unconscious and not breathing.

The person performing CPR said he found Ess slumped over and sitting cross-legged on the floor.

The first responding police officer noticed a spoon containing brown solid matter which appeared to be heroin on the bathroom sink. He also saw an orange cap that he recognized as coming from a hypodermic needle.

Police affidavits said the official resident of the house is a man who is diabetic and keeps syringes in the house for emergency glucose injections. He was not in the home that night because he is in the hospital.

Apparently Ess didn't live at 7 Northbrook Road but was known to occasionally sleep there.

The diabetic man's mother — who doesn't live there — told police that her son's syringes had gradually been disappearing and she thought someone was pilfering them. She said he had a new box and there should be more than there were.

On the day in question, said affidavits, a total of six people, or three couples, were in the home. One couple told police they were sleeping in the bedroom and had no idea what was happening in the rest of the house.

A second couple that included Ess, was already in the home when a third couple arrived at 2 a.m. Apparently, a third man came to the home along with the third couple and left almost immediately.

Three of the surviving people told police they were all in the living room watching a movie on Netflix and all fell asleep.

The late arriving couple told police that at some point they woke up and went to the bathroom to "hook up". When they reached the bathroom, they told police they found Ess laying on the bathroom floor.

The male began administering CPR and someone else called 9-1-1.

After 18 minutes, first responders were able to get a faint pulse however Ess died about 16 hours later. When one of the females in the house told first responders Ess had been doing heroin, firefighters administered NARCAN or Naloxone, which if administered in time can negate the effects of an opiate overdose.

Affidavits indicated that had Ess survived, he likely would have suffered severe brain damage.

The application for the search warrant said police were searching the house, the property, and any and all outbuildings for evidence of possession of a controlled drugs or narcotics. Police also asked for and received permission to seize the television, any television components associated with a Netflix account and cell phones.

Judge Jim Carroll granted the search warrant on April 4. Police maintained a secure perimeter while Belmont detectives secured it.

There is a candlelight vigil being held for Ess on Friday at Belmont's Sargent Park at 5 p.m.
Facebook postings include a number of people who responded to a posting that said "I hate heroin" by checking that they agree.

One person wrote that all are welcome at the vigil however they are to leave their drugs and alcohol at home and show up only if they want to remember what a good person Ess was.

Police said it could take as much as six to eight weeks for the state lab to officially determine how Ess died.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 02:03

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June 13 last day of school in Laconia in question

LACONIA — The School Board has not officially determined the last day of school for this school year, as some had previously thought.

Superintendent Terri Forsten said Monday that while the district will have enough teaching hours completed in the school year to set June 13 as the final day, some of the sending high schools to the Huot Regional Technical Educaiton Center would like to see the last day of school set for June 19 or 20 to compensate for the four of five snow days lost this year.

Gilford School Board set its final day of school at its meeting Monday night as June 19, with graduation to take place on June 14.

Winnisquam Regional School District Superintendent Tammy Davis said the last day of school for her district is June 20 and she would prefer seeing the Huot Center open until then.

Gilford Superintendent Kent Hemingway said he would also prefer to see a full 180-day school year.

"It think we're all united on this," he said.

Forsten also explained that because the board hasn't set the final day of school, graduation date (June 7) is also tentative because graduating seniors can't have more that five less days in a school year than can the other students.

Forsten said she is waiting to see if there are an "surprise April weather event" before she makes her final recommendation to the School Board.

Got Lunch! Laconia program coordinator Rev. Paula Gile said yesterday that her organization has been planning on beginning summer food distribution on June 23. She said she had presumed school would end on June 20 because of the number of snow days but added if Laconia's date is set a week earlier, Got Lunch! will be ready.

Last year, Got Lunch! Laconia served 570 students with meals during the summer and Gile said they are planning for at least 600 to 625 meals for this year.

The program provides a bag of groceries for children during the summer who could otherwise qualify for free or reduced-price lunch at school. It ensures these children get at least one or two healthy meals daily while school is not is session.

She said the program is always looking for donations and in particular is having local food drives seeking jelly, jars of peanut butter, canned chicken or tuna packed in water, and canned fruit packed in water.

Gile said she is also excited to report that there are now 12 different Got Lunch! programs serving students in 18 different communities. She said Gilford is starting their first program this year and the communities of the Inter-Lakes School District and the Plymouth School District began programs last summer.

For more information about Got Lunch! or to register to to www.gotlunchlaconia.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:29

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Boys & Girls Club brought green flag into life of Laconia teen who aspires to a career in auto racing

LACONIA — Sara Palmer says that when she was in the sixth grade she was headed in the wrong direction and would most likely have continued on that path if it hadn't been for the adults she met at what is today the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region.
''I was hanging out with a not very good crowd of people and before I came here I felt that my life would never amount to anything. I had the attitude that 'I'm from Laconia, so I'm never going to go to college.' I was shy and awkward and didn't have any interest except race cars, which not many girls relate to,'' says Palmer.
But when she started going to the Boys & Girls Club some six years ago she found something she had been looking for, the companionship of other young people and support from caring adults who got her pointed in the right direction.
''I used to feel that I couldn't succeed at anything and I was afraid to try. But now I've learned that I do have something to contribute and I'm not afraid of anything any more,'' says Palmer, who this fall will be attending the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, North Carolina, where she will be learning the skills that could someday put her on one of the top racing teams in the country.
''For a long time it was discouraging. People would tell me you're a girl, you'll never get into racing. But I stuck with it and have learned a lot by working with Jeremy Davis' Racing team,'' says Palmer, who on Tuesday of this week was something of a guest instructor in her automotive tech course at the Huot Regional Technical Education Center at Laconia High School, where she explained to all of the other students in her class the type of adjustments race teams make to their cars to get better performance out of them.
''She's a perfect example of what this club can do for young people,'' says Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams, president of the board of the board of directors of the club. "When she first came here she was painfully shy. Now she can get up in front of a room of adults and speak about her experiences and the things that motivate her. It's really remarkable and we're fortunate to have her here as a part-time employee,'' says Adams.
Palmer says that the staff brought her under their wings and made her feel important by letting her help out. ''I had no siblings and always wanted to have some. They let me help out with the young kids and I started to form friendships and things grew from there. If it wasn't for this club I don't know where I'd be. They made me a better person and helped me gain confidence in myself''
She works about 20 hours a week at the club and says that since she only has two classes her senior year at Laconia High School, automotive tech and applied physics, she is able to have a part-time job and help young people, many of whom are dealing with the same issues she faced and look upon her as a role model.
The children have had fun lately in their art program signing her names on engine hood of Jeremy Davis's pro stock car which the Tamworth driver will race in the Granite State Pro Stock Series.
''We're good friends and I've helped out with other race teams'' says Palmer, who says that she's looking forward to the 63 weeks of training that she will receive at the NASCAR Technical Institute.
''Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s garage is right behind the institute. It's right in the center of the stock car racing world,'' says Palmer, whose dad is a retired NASCAR race team worker who once worked for Mark Martin's team.
She already owns two trucks, a 2002 Chevy Silverado, which,she enjoys working on, and 1969 Chevy truck that her father will work with her to restore, and says she's familiar with working on all parts of automobiles, from transmission and brakes to engines and alignment,
Palmer says once she graduates from the NASCAR school she hopes to find a spot on a race team and work her way up.
''She's just one example of the good things the Boys & Girls Club is accomplishing,'' says Adams, who says the club is very grateful for the support it has been receiving in its $2.4 million capital campaign, which earlier this year reached the $1 million mark.

CAPTION:
Sara Palmer, a part-time employee of the Lakes Region Boys & Girls Club, and Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams, president of the board of the board of directors of the club, hold the hood of a race car which has been signed by art students at the club. Palmer has been honored by Boys and Girls Club of New Hampshire for her activities at the local club. (Roger Amsdeb/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:02

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City Clerk's Office passes state inspection with flying colors

LACONIA — City Clerk Mary Reynolds, who registers motor vehicles as a municipal agent of the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), was audited by the DMV in December and found in compliance with all relevant statutes, rules and procedures.

The auditing team reviewed registration logs and deposit receipts, as well as other documentation, from the date of the last audit in June, 2012 to the date of the current audit in December, 2013. In addition, the auditors interviewed Reynolds about the operation and management of her agency and visited her office.

City Manager Scott Myers said described the audit as "very positive" and complimented Reynolds and her staff for a "job well done."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 01:35

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